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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Striker Porter signs for Steelmen
Chris Porter
Chris Porter was with Oldham for two seasons
Motherwell have secured Oldham forward Chris Porter on a two-year deal after a controversial free transfer.

The League One side were hoping for a sizeable six-figure fee for the out-of-contract 23-year-old.

But in accordance with a loophole in transfer regulations they will receive nothing because the former Bury player has moved to a Scottish club.

Porter netted 22 goals last season and moves to the Steelmen after Craig Dargo opted to join St Mirren from Inverness.

The Latics had previously turned down transfer bids from Championship clubs for the striker.

We are very pleased because we've got a player who in normal circumstances we probably wouldn't have been able to sign

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee

Porter said: "I am delighted to be here and looking forward to a fresh challenge."

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee, meanwhile, added: "We were able to - I think the best expression is - exploit the rules, which enabled us to bring Chris here.

"We are very pleased because we feel as if we have got a player who in normal circumstances we probably wouldn't have been able to sign."

"Now he is here I hope he scores goals for us."

Earlier, the player's agent, Lee Payne, explained to BBC Sport that he and Porter, who joined Oldham from Bury in 2005, were not exploiting the system to make a financial killing.

"Oldham turned down a substantial bid from a Championship club in January," he revealed.

"They offered Chris a new deal that was unacceptable and had since January to improve on it.

"They had other offers in and I think they were waiting for higher bids and were not aware that he could move to Scotland on a free transfer.

"I'm sure we'll get criticism thrown at us, but the wages in Scotland are not massive if you are not with Celtic and Rangers and are probably on a par with Division One in England," added Payne.

"The Motherwell option is a really good one as it gives him a chance to play Celtic, Rangers, Hibs and Hearts - something he would not get if he moved to the Championship."

Dundee Utd end chase for Porter
27 Jun 07 |  Dundee Utd
Oldham waiting on Porter decision
23 Jun 07 |  Oldham Athletic


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